11 Apr 2017 Santa Clara - DataDirect Networks (DDN) has introduced new feature enhancements to its WOS object storage platform that include increased data protection and multi-site connectivity options. With its newest capabilities, DDN WOS provides the lowest data protection overhead available in the market. It also delivers control for local-only rebuilds for higher uptime and lower performance impact of hardware failures, along with multi-site collaboration, distribution and disaster recovery that is faster and more efficient than public Cloud solutions.
"The new digitized world demands infrastructure solutions that are extremely scalable and flexible in terms of delivery performance and connectivity models and that offer full data protection with a wide choice of user-selected protection methods", stated Amita Potnis, research manager in IDC's Storage team. "With continual innovation in object storage technologies and features, DDN's object storage platform is leading end users along this path of digitization."
DDN's newly released WOS data protection offering, Extended ObjectAssure, expands customer choice of protection methods, resulting in the industry's widest variety of data-protection options. WOS's extremely low overhead expenses make the cost of object storage competitive with tape storage alternatives. It also enables faster rebuild times that lower the risk of data loss during a rebuild and eliminate or limit performance impacts from drive failures.
DDN's expanded S3 multi-site capabilities bolster collaboration, disaster recovery and content distribution for customers with multi-site data sharing needs and provide fast, error-free data transfers. With DDN's S3 interface, customers have a faster, cost-effective, secure and reliable alternative to public Clouds.
"Object storage is really coming into its own with surging adoption across key use cases like large active archives, multi-site collaboration, content distribution, disk backup and disaster recovery", stated Laura Shepard, senior director of product marketing for DDN. "The new WOS features give our customers the lowest data protection overhead option in the industry, which directly translates to big cost savings. For sites that need to move a lot of data quickly and reliably for collaboration or back-up, the new S3 multi-site feature delivers sizeable numbers of large objects faster and more reliably than public Cloud solutions."
DDN's suite of WOS object storage solutions includes WOS as software-only and several appliances that start as small as a few hundred TB. Key advantages of DDN's WOS object storage platform include:
DDN's WOS has been powering object storage infrastructure for customers worldwide for more than eight years. New customers include Cold Springs Harbor, Van Andel and Children's Mercy Hospital of Kansas City. In addition, the University of Edinburgh's Parallel Computing Centre is evaluating DDN's WOS object storage to support an infinitely scalable storage pool and to manage better what will become a large active archive of research data. As detailed in a recent case study, the goal of its deployment will be to offer a highly scalable, cost-effective alternative to file storage to the universitys industry users and Tier 3 HPC centres that are being established around the UK.
"We're entering a period of huge innovation both in HPC and storage", stated Mark Parsons, director of the Edinburgh Parallel Computing Centre. "Companies like DDN, which continue to innovate, best allow us to support scientists and researchers across all kinds of businesses to harness the full potential of leading-edge technology and to accelerate life-changing discoveries."
The new WOS data protection and connectivity features are available this quarter across DDN's WOS solution suite.
DDN will showcase its latest storage solutions and innovations, including WOS, at the upcoming 2017 NAB Show, April 22-27, 2017, in Las Vegas, Nevada, at DDN booth #SL8016.